Lake Havasu transit group seeks slower traffic with 2 SR 95 median projects in mind

March 20, 2019

Trying to get drivers to slow down was the main topic at Tuesday afternoon’s Lake Havasu Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting.

Members of the Technical Advisory Committee spoke at length about projects that could be done and in the end, two sections of new median on State Route 95 were their recommendations to the MPO’s Executive Board.

One section would include a 1 to 1.5 mile section from Mulberry Avenue to either Riviera or South Acoma Boulevard. The cost of that would run from about $1 million to $1.5 million.

The other section was from South Palo Verde Boulevard to just south of Industrial Avenue.

Street lighting was discussed, but TAC members generally thought it wouldn’t be received well because of concerns from residents how light poles would affect lake views.

TAC member Mark Clark wondered if medians were possible in the city without widening the highway and Mark Hoffman, the Regional Transportation Planner from the Arizona Department of Transportation assured him they were.

“The speed limit is 45 miles per hour there, so that’s not an issue to try and get it lowered,” Hoffman said.

Clark said he didn’t think it was worth complicating the project by lighting the medians, but reflectors on them were an option.

Greenlight Traffic Engineering’s Mike Blankenship explained that to get state funding, much of it is driven by the number of fatal accidents on a road in a 5-year period.

There was also discussion of putting in landscaped medians on McCullough Avenue, north and south sections, that would include space for pedestrians and bicyclists. But that idea wasn’t recommended.

The MPO also talked about the project at the intersection of State Route 95 and Kiowa Boulevard.

Arizona Department of Transportation’s Todd Steinberger, the Northwest District Transportation Engineer, said the job has been advertised and bid openings will be April 12.

He explained that new paving will be done on the right-hand turning lanes there, but not on the other lanes, although there will be minor surface treatment done on those lanes not being paved.

The committee announced some upcoming meetings, too. The Arizona division of the Federal Highway Administration and ADOT will meet at noon, Tuesday, April 2 at the City Police Facility meeting room on McCullough Boulevard for a unified planning work program review. The Havasu MPO Executive Board meeting will follow at the same location at 2 p.m.

The Arizona Transportation Board meeting will be held at 9 a.m., Friday, April 12, in Flagstaff.

The next MPO TAC meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 23 in building B at 900 London Bridge Road.

Scott Shindledecker can be reached at 928-453-4237 or sshindledecker@havasunews.com